Long time, no posts.
Wow this blog has been pretty dead. Sorry to my lovely, 53 followers! I’ve got some awesome news.. I just bought my first horse! He’s a 6 year old (turns 7 on the 22nd), 14.2hh quarter horse named Snickers. I’m working on getting his papers cause he has some pretty good cutting lineage, from what I’ve been told. It kind of explains why I flew off of him and into a wall last December. Cutting horse, smh. Hehe! He’s had about a year off of active training, so he’s *very* rusty, to say the least. His previous owner (my trainer) didn’t do a lot of groundwork with him so I figured I’d try it after I turned him out.
He’s amazing. Listened to engaging his hind and shoulder while we walked around the arena (he was haltered because he’s still very spooky and I was nervous that I was going to accidentally spook him). He pays a lot of attention to me, I love it!
For the sake of my own guts, I’m going to hold back from riding him for at least 2 weeks while I ride another turn-key horse at the barn. Snickers is very sensitive to leg pressure, and riding him in an English saddle is difficult because of it, and the lesson horse I ride is quite ignorant when it comes to leg pressure.
I’ll post videos and pictures as the days go on! :)
Kind of bummed.
I took a lesson on Wednesday and it was supposed to be at 2pm, but my trainer was on her way back from getting hay a few hours away, so she was running a little late. She told me to turn out Sunny, the lesson horse I’m getting ready for shows with, and chase him around a bit. I’ve been with my trainer for a year now, doing a working student-ish thing for her, and she’s taught me a lot. When school started I would go to the barn everyday after school and turn out and/or lunge all of the lesson horses and some of the boarder’s horses. Never once have I put boots on Sunny when turning him out, because my trainer told me he didn’t need them. But Wednesday he needed them. I should have put them on.
Now Sunny has a tendon injury and I feel incredibly awful about it. I feel like I could have prevented it by taking my instincts and putting them on. But I didn’t. I’m scared. He’s supposed to be my horse. My show horse. The horse that first took me over a jump. Now I don’t even know if he can be ridden again.
So yay for my inexperience, but I need help. I stiffen up when I transition into the canter, my heels come up, and I lose my balance. I’ve fallen off (my fault of course) twice because of this and idk why. I’ve got w/t perfected, but I can’t get the freaking canter! Ugh it’s so difficult and it’s keeping me back. I need help, someone, please /:
Typical lesson learning from my trainer
- Horse: *hahahaha I'm in the middle of the arena by mommy*
- Trainer: AHHHHH GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!
- Horse: *I should perk up my ears and finally listen before mom gets on me..*
- Trainer: I only do that cause he was gelded late and is a pushy-baby type of Appendix. Do that to your TB and you'll be 10 feet right and he'll be 20 miles out of the arena.
Just a little rant.
Just found out that one of the horses I rode at my old barn was euthanized while at a hunter show out of state because “he [the horse] had taken too long of a distance for a jump, landed without balance, and suffered a serious tendon injured. The vet on staff made the decision to euthanize our horse due to the horse’s inability to stand. ” Man, I want to believe that was the truth. My friend, who is his regular rider and schooler, said he was given calming aids the night before because he was hot and unsafe to ride, due to high winds, at the trainer’s request.
This is why I don’t show or do hunters. I know not everyone drugs their hunter horses, but a lot do. I am against that, so much. If your horse is hot and unsafe, then scratch him/her. Don’t put your horse and yourself in harm’s way. That’s ridiculous.
I’m currently riding an OTTB for working mainly on flatting until another lesson horse is back in shape. I swear, this horse has so much heart. But he’s an ass to get started. He’s huge, 17.3 to be exact, and acts like a dog. I don’t know why my trainer isn’t taking him to higher levels. He free-jumped 5’6 for me last week. He’s only showing WTC and 3’9, for local shows. Bleh, SO MUCH POTENTIAL. Like, look at him during a 3’9 speed round..